Senior Challenge: Who We Are and Why is it Important!
Photo: We asked the seniors to describe their Marquette Experience in 1 word.
You may have noticed Facebook getting busy recently with upcoming Senior Challenge events, or heard your friends discussing the epic kickoff event at Buckheads on National Marquette Day, still others have never heard of us at all.
We are different from Senior Week. Yes, we plan fun events for the greatest senior class there has ever been! However, we are on a different mission: to #BeTheDifference.
95% of us receive some type of financial aid to attend this University. Ever wonder where that aid came from? It is men and women ‘men and women for others,’ being men and women for us, the students. Reinforcing an important lesson with us that has been intertwined into all areas of our education here since day 1.
So who are they? They are members of our Marquette family! Alumni, who at one point in time sat in the same seats in which we currently sit. They know how special and unique our family is, the Marquette family, and they want to see all of their family members be successful. Something my Papa always said comes to mind right about now, “You lucky guys!” He was right! We are lucky and so fortunate to be apart of a family and community so special!
#TuitionRunsOutDay begins tomorrow. It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those Marquette family members who have provided that aid which allows us to continue with the rest of our school year. Without them, campus would not be what it is today.
So how is this relevant to Senior Challenge? Senior Challenge is one of the oldest student run initiatives on campus, and consists of current seniors working to #BeTheDifference. We, as soon to be alumni, have a great understanding of what our aid has done for us, and how we have benefitted from it. We have seen the growth of our campus, not just in numbers of students, but in building renovations, new facilities and even completely new buildings added to the Marquette skyline in the last four years. All of which helped to improve as young professionals. New facilities and programs that made classrooms more innovative and interactive, all of which allowed us to be better students and in turn be better ‘men and women for others.’
This is all made possible thanks to the members of our family. Remember all the way back to the first week of Orientation? Yes, I realize it feels like a ways back, but remember how everywhere you went you were greeted with a smile and “Welcome to the Marquette family!” That is because we are all instantaneously welcomed and like other families, you’re stuck with us.
As we continue to countdown the days to “grown-up life” think about your role in this family. Senior Challenge is our first opportunity to give to the future members of our family. While you may never see the recipient of your gift, think back to when I asked you if you knew who provided your aid. Most of you responded with an, ‘I don’t know’ as I did. When you give, think of what is still to come from our family, just as the alumni have before you. We must continue the legacy of being ‘men and women for others.’ So give today and #BeTheDifference our family needs us to be.
-Kathleen Keller, A&S’14